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Shudder And Cry

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Belleruche: Electronica Gets The Blues

Belleruche: Electronica Gets The Blues

Shudder And Cry

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In "Shudder and Cry," a blues-drenched guitar solo accentuates a sorrowful chorus: "It's a crying shame." courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In "Shudder and Cry," a blues-drenched guitar solo accentuates a sorrowful chorus: "It's a crying shame."

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Friday's Pick

  • Song: "Shudder and Cry"
  • Artist: Belleruche
  • CD: 270 Stories
  • Genre: Soul

If there's a genre called electronica blues, Belleruche's "Shudder and Cry" epitomizes it. DJ Modest's serrated digital beats recall a chain-gang rhythm, while Kathrin deBoer's quivering soprano accentuates the blues flavor as she sings about a wanderer's lost soul. In between, Ricky Fabulous sneaks in suitably spidery guitar licks.

In "Shudder and Cry," deBoer unravels the nightmarish tale of a man who confronts his inevitable demise with such epigrammatic lyrics as, "He says in life it's certain that you must die / It will catch you up and bring you down by surprise," alluding to the protagonist's difficult existence. When she croons the last verse — "The day he died a smile stretched across his face / Sober eyes lost the yearning and let him rest at ease / His soul found the lost man, returned him home to peace / Lost years, but at the end pure release" — it's clear that she views death as an act of mercy. The song's true colors become clearer, too, as Fabulous cuts loose a blues-drenched solo while deBoer sings the sorrowful chorus: "It's a crying shame."

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Album
270 Stories
Artist
Belleruche
Label
Tru Thoughts
Released
2010

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